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CELEBREX - CMI
CONSUMER MEDICINE INFORMATION
What is in this leaflet
This leaflet answers some common questions about Celebrex. It does not contain all the available information.
It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking Celebrex against the benefits it is expected
to have for you.
If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Read this leaflet carefully before you start Celebrex and keep it with the medicine.
You may need to read it again.
What Celebrex is used for
Celebrex is used to treat joint pain, tenderness, swelling and stiffness
in osteoarthritis and
in rheumatoid arthritis
Celebrex belongs to a group of medicines called Coxibs. Celebrex is used to relieve pain and inflammation associated with
Although Celebrex can relieve the symptoms of pain and inflammation, it will not cure your condition.
Your doctor, however, may have prescribed Celebrex for another purpose.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why Celebrex has been prescribed for you.
Celebrex has not been studied in children or adolescents under 18 years of age.
This medicine is only available with a doctor's prescription.
Before you take Celebrex
When you must not take it
Do not take Celebrex if:
1. you have an allergy to:
any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet
sulfonamides, a group of medicines which include, for example, certain antibiotics (If you are not sure if you are taking one of
these medicines ask your Pharmacist).
Symptoms of an allergic reaction to these medicines may include:
asthma, wheezing or shortness of breath
swelling of the face, lips or tongue which may cause difficulty in swallowing or breathing
hives, itching or skin rash
If you are allergic to sulfonamides or any of the capsule ingredients and take Celebrex, these symptoms may be severe.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if any of this applies to you.
2. you have had an attack of asthma, hives, itching, skin rash or a runny nose after taking aspirin or Non-Steroidal
Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs, medicines used to treat pain and inflammation)
Many medicines used to treat headache, period pain and other aches and pains contain aspirin or an NSAID.
If you are allergic to aspirin or NSAIDs and use Celebrex, these symptoms may be severe.
3. you are already taking an NSAID.
4. the expiry date printed on the packaging has passed, even though the capsules may look alright
If you take this medicine after the expiry date has passed, it may not work as well.
5. the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering
If you are not sure if you should be taking Celebrex, talk to your doctor.
Before you start to take it
You must tell your doctor if:
1. you have any allergies to
any other medicines
any other substances such as foods, dyes or preservatives
2. you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant.
There is no information on the use of celebrex during pregnancy.
Celebrex may affect your developing baby if taken in the last 3 months of pregnancy.
Celebrex use is not recommended in pregnancy unless your doctor considers it essential. Discuss this with your doctor.
3. you are breast-feeding or intend to breast-feed
Since it is not known whether Celebrex passes into breast milk or whether your baby might be affected, Celebrex should not be
used during breastfeeding.
4. you have any other health problems including
liver or kidney problems
asthma, hives, itching, skin rash or a runny nose
high blood pressure, heart failure or fluid retention
peptic ulcer (ie